About 20 years ago, on the first Friday of December I unknowingly created a tradition that was to haunt me for the rest of my life. I made houses out of graham crackers, bought candy, and invited the kids’ friends over to decorate the “gingerbread” houses. Since then I have only missed one party – and …
A Snickers Ice Cream cake? Oh yeah! Imagine chopped Snickers bars, Butter Brickle ice cream, caramel sauce, and peanut butter pound cake swathed in milk chocolate. Stop drooling and read on. Have you ever made a really amazing dessert that was delicious but ended up looking less than perfect? Well that’s what happened here. Everything …View full post
Noon Rogani is a sweet, cinnamon bread from Azerbaijan near northwestern Iran. What’s unique about it is the shaping — and what happens once the bread is shaped and baked. You see, you make it like a regular dough, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and then form it into a roll. Pretty standard stuff, right? THEN you …View full post
Sourdough bread is a tangy and fine crumbed loaf that is made with a sourdough starter. You can really make it out of any flour but bread flour and rye seem to be the ones most often used. I used to hate making sourdough because the starter seemed like such a committed relationship — you have …View full post
A few years ago I introduced (as far as I know) my very cool twisted lattice pie crust technique. I developed it about a hundred years ago when I was young and trying to impress people with my mad pastry skillz. It worked. I have seen it numerous times since then, but as far as …View full post
Cap’n Crunch French toast with a Southern twist? What’s not to like? I have to confess that as a kid I was somewhat of a Cap’n Crunch addict. Long before Crunch Berries, Peanut Butter Crunch, or anything else the Cap’n and I had a standing date on Saturday mornings.
Sweet Potato Hash is an awesome twist on traditional hash. Cubed sweet potatoes, bacon, onion, and peppers are sauteed and mixed with just a little maple syrup to sweeten it. Ancho peppers add a little spicy kick. [pullquote]It is important to always eat some fat with sweet potatoes. It helps your body to absorb the …